2009 - The Year of Valley History
Thanksgiving Ornament - Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.
Human beings have celebrated "thanksgiving" festivals at harvest time as long as recorded history. The Pilgrims may very well have celebrated a day of Thanksgiving utilizing indigenous American foods. Only a minority of early European colonists practiced a formal religion or attended denominational services, so the religious aspect for the feast for most would likely to have been limited.
President Lincoln issued the first Federal proclamation of Thanksgiving at the onset of the Civil War on November 28th, 1861. At a time of even greater suffering Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official American day in 1863.
The Museum Community wishes all of us a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. AND DON'T FORGET - The 2nd Annual "Walk It Off" walking tour of historic North Hollywood follows on Saturday at 10 am! So, have that extra piece of pie and join us.
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